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First Shift - Legacy (Part 6 of the Silo Series) [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Howey
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (812 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate.

In the same year, the CBS network re-aired a program about the effects of propranolol on sufferers of extreme trauma. A simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event.

At almost the same moment in humanity’s broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall. And the ability to forget it ever happened.

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About the Author

Hugh Howey spent 8 years working as a yacht captain. When he was pulled away from the sea by the love of his life, he turned to his childhood dream of becoming an author. His Molly Fyde series has won praise from reviewers, and now his Wool series has become a #1 bestseller, with Random House publishing in the UK and Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian securing the film rights. He lives in Jupiter, Florida with his wife Amber and their dog Bella.

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  • File Size: 353 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475154771
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing (April 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,399 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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227 of 247 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than WOOL (spoiler-free review) April 15, 2012
By Gromit
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What you need to know:

If you haven't read Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5), read that first. It's true that this is a prequel to that story, involving completely different characters, so you might think you could read this as a stand-alone novel. But don't. Knowing where things are headed is critical to understanding and appreciating the events in this novel. Go buy the WOOL Omnibus, and read that first! You won't regret it.

If you HAVE read the WOOL Omnibus, then what are you waiting for? You know you're going to buy this book: so get on with it already!

* * *

First Shift: Legacy is better than the WOOL Omnibus.

This is the rare prequel that doesn't just add to the original story, but actually elevates the entire preceding series to a whole new level. It's rich in characterization, packs a real emotional wallop, and it paints a frighteningly believable story of how our real-world could get from here to... well, there. And like all great sci-fi, it makes you think. In describing how things came to be, First Shift: Legacy delves much more deeply into the Orwellian themes raised in WOOL; and it doesn't present any easy, pat answers. This is the kind of book that you won't be able to put down -- and when you're finished, you won't be able to put it out of your mind. This is a fantastic story; WOOL fans will not be disappointed.
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59 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Howey's latest work is also his BEST! April 15, 2012
By Tu
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I purchased First Shift Legacy as soon as it came out and ended up read it from start to finish in one sitting. From the very first page, I simply couldn't put it down. Fans of the Wool series will not be disappointed, this is Hugh Howey at his best. The story is gripping, fast-paced, incredibly shocking and the characters are once again fleshed out and "real".

Also, references to current events (such as the CDC's recently published Zombie Apocalypse Survival guide) and emerging technology (such as nanotechnology) really brings the story to life. Because of Hugh's use of realistic technology, this book could soon be disregarded as science fiction and instead be viewed as science reality. After reading this book, my views on nanotechnology have actually changed taken a u-turn. I won't spoil the story for you by telling you which way they turned! Also, by the end of the book I was definitely left pondering our future and wondering if living in a silo is in fact that far-fetched.

First Shift Legacy is also full of memorable passages that you will find yourself reading over and over due to Hugh Howey's uncanny ability to exquisitely portray ideas and emotions. The two that resonated with me the most are:

"It was the pain of a chronic boredom mixed with the discomfort of time wasted."


"Here was Washington encapsulated as far as Donald was concerned. It was as though he had the same two choices: he could spin in circles, completely lost and doing little, or he could dive down one avenue and forsake the others, always fearing he'd picked poorly."

In conclusion, First Shift Legacy is an incredible start to the prequel chapter of the Silo Series.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mild letdown April 19, 2012
By Saldana
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The Wool Omnibus was excellent.

This prequel started off great. It immediately answered my nagging question as to why there was no elevator in silo 18. The writing was excellent, style was good, pace was right, character development good.

But I agree with a few other reviewers. This story is not ready yet. I am unable to suspend disbelief and accept that the whole scheme succeeded the way it did. It is just not possible in that setting, on the scale as described, presumably with all dissenters silenced by psychiatrists and pills.

Still, rest assured Hugh, it wont stop me from buying Wool 7.
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50 of 62 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip and wait for Wool 7 August 30, 2012
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You're here because you read Wool 1-5 and couldn't wait to put your hands on number 6. Then before you clicked "buy it now" you decided to scan the reviews to see if it's the genuine article. Impressive number of 5 stars, and they're all saying it's good old Hugh and you're not going to be disappointed. A few 4s and 3s, probably those cynics who always have something to say. The 1s are generally rubbish - those who don't really read the book and just want the general score to go down, or those with serious attitude issues.

But the 2s are different. The 2s belong to people who were utterly disappointed, and you wonder why.

The only other reason someone would read these lines is if they were Hugh Howey himself - if it's you, Hugh, I'm terribly sorry to dampen your mood and hope you're busy with writing Wool 7, which I promise to buy because I have no doubt it will be as great as Wool 1-5.

And for those of you who are not Hugh, I'll start by saying I gave a 5 rating to Wool Omnibus. It's an amazing project, and definitely one of the best books I read for a long while. Since you read it yourself you know what I'm talking about.

Wool 6 is everything Wool Omnibus isn't: unimaginative, predictable, and you cannot identify with the heroes even for a single moment.

I kept hoping that at some point Hugh will pull a dirty trick, some kind of clever Ender's Game style twist that will dwarf all of the pain I had to go through reading so far, but it never came. There WAS something at the last quarter of the book, some sort of plot trick that under other circumstances may have pulled a 'wow' out of me, but it was lost in the general gloom of reading a book that just didn't live up to the high standards of its predecessors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!
Amazing series!!! Do not miss it!!!
Published 1 day ago by Redfern
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant piece of literature. It keeps you completely enthralled from start to finish. Read it!!
Published 4 days ago by Marsha
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
After reading Wool Omnibus, I had to have more of the story.
Published 11 days ago by Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cool Mind Bender
I am enjoying this series very much. Mr. Howey paints a very vivid image of the people and places. He is a talented story teller.
Published 27 days ago by Steven Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable
I loved this series and I have recommended it to many people who like this genre. The tale of the silos is amazing to watch unfold. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Howey really creates a world that you get locked into. This is a read that goes fast and hits hard. Totally worth the time and monetary investment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jason
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent prequel
I can't read these fast enough.
Glad I'm late to the party so I can binge read.
Bring on #7!
Published 1 month ago by CindyM
5.0 out of 5 stars How a prequel should be!
This book was amazing. I noticed in a lot of other reviews that they weren't really fond of it and said to skip the Shift series, but don't! Read more
Published 1 month ago by ryebug1
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not his best, but still fairly good read.
Published 1 month ago by Sean T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wool starts here...Amazing!!
This is the beginning of the history of the Silos. Mr. Howey is able to weave this story into the existing fabric of the world of Wool. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Infinity's End
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Hugh Howey is the author of the award-winning Molly Fyde Saga and the New York Times and USA Today bestselling WOOL series. The WOOL OMNIBUS won Kindle Book Review's 2012 Indie Book of the Year Award -- it has been as high as #1 in the Kindle store -- and 17 countries have picked up the work for translation. Look for WOOL in hardback in 2013 from Random House UK and keep your fingers crossed that Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian will do something exciting with the film rights!

Hugh lives in Jupiter, FL with his wife Amber and their dog Bella. When he isn't writing, he's reading or taking a photograph.

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